EU Report Says That Almost All of Its Nuclear Plants Need Improvements; Would Cost Billions
The cost of needed improvements to the 145 nuclear reactors in the European Union could run as high as €25 billion ($32 billion) over the coming years, the bloc’s energy commissioner said Thursday.
A new EU report released Thursday said that stress tests carried out in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan showed that almost all of the EU plants needed safety improvements.
Officials said earlier that the tests did not reveal the need to close any of the EU nuclear plants immediately.
EU leaders agreed last year to put the reactors through the toughest security checks possible to gauge their ability to withstand accidents and natural disasters.
EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said nuclear plants “nearly everywhere” needed improvements to reach the highest safety level, ranging from ensuring more time to react to an electricity blackout to adding more seismic equipment to detect earthquakes.
“At least €10 billion ($13 billion) will need to be invested in the EU and possibly up to €25 billion,” Oettinger said.